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Hey everyone,

It's the new year and everyone seems to be looking for recommendations for boards review courses and Q-banks. I've found it difficult to find any recent comments and reviews for anesthesia boards prep.

Has anyone recently used "The Pass Machine"? I'm curious as it offers both course material and a q-bank. I consistently see positive reviews for TrueLearn for a Q-bank. I also want a single concentrated board prep book, that I can add notes in from other sources as needed. I've heard Faust is pretty good. Any recs?

Let me know what you all think!!!
 

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Hey everyone,

It's the new year and everyone seems to be looking for recommendations for boards review courses and Q-banks. I've found it difficult to find any recent comments and reviews for anesthesia boards prep.

Has anyone recently used "The Pass Machine"? I'm curious as it offers both course material and a q-bank. I consistently see positive reviews for TrueLearn for a Q-bank. I also want a single concentrated board prep book, that I can add notes in from other sources as needed. I've heard Faust is pretty good. Any recs?

Let me know what you all think!!!
I had used Faust and ACE from ASA along with Morgan &Barash for writtens,now days residents are using M5 and Truelearn don't know much about Passmachine.
 
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I had used Faust and ACE from ASA along with Morgan &Barash for writtens,now days residents are using M5 and Truelearn don't know much about Passmachine.
I've also heard M5 is helpful. I suppose the trend is to simply use a good Q-Bank and make your own notes on important points. One of the problems is that there are SO many resources, I think it's helpful to just pick one or two and use them to study from (similar to the days of USMLE boards). I just haven't seen any anesthesia thread on this subject in the last 5+ years. I know there have been lots of new books and resources since then.
 
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I've also heard M5 is helpful. I suppose the trend is to simply use a good Q-Bank and make your own notes on important points. One of the problems is that there are SO many resources, I think it's helpful to just pick one or two and use them to study from (similar to the days of USMLE boards). I just haven't seen any anesthesia thread on this subject in the last 5+ years. I know there have been lots of new books and resources since then.
I really believe you should have your own notes which you can refer and constantly update,recently I have been referring to UpToDate for the pharmacology of drugs and updated guidelines
 

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Truelearn + ACE... the questions you miss will be things you may not find in any review book.
 

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There arent any good source for the advanced exam. They went away from relevant topics in our specialty. M5 and Truelearn weren't really helpful on the advanced. Good luck
 

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oh and I also did pass machine which follows the ABA content outline.
 

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oh and I also did pass machine which follows the ABA content outline.
And yet you have complained of many unexpected exam questions. ;)
 

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And yet you have complained of many unexpected exam questions. ;)
Tons and I mean tons of the questions didn't come from the outline, I said that in the other thread. Anything in pass machine I knew cold
 

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Tons and I mean tons of the questions didn't come from the outline, I said that in the other thread. Anything in pass machine I knew cold
I sincerely doubt that. Stupid questions? Maybe. But the board is not known to ask stuff that is not included in the outline.

The PM has 34 hours worth of lectures and hundreds of MCQs, to quote them. I doubt that such a small amount of both could successfully cover everything in the content outline (which is very broad/generic, and 19 pages long). So let me fix your quote: "Tons and I mean tons of the questions didn't come from the outline Pass Machine."
 
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anesthesiaqbank.com all the way. Found the questions a little tougher but was happy at the end.
 

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I sincerely doubt that. Stupid questions? Maybe. But the board is not known to ask stuff that is not included in the outline.

The PM has 34 hours worth of lectures and hundreds of MCQs, to quote them. I doubt that such a small amount of both could successfully cover everything in the content outline (which is very broad/generic, and 19 pages long). So let me fix your quote: "Tons and I mean tons of the questions didn't come from the outline Pass Machine."

What I am trying to say is that, while I have seen many prep courses that help a person pass, there are very few which actually make one a top candidate.
Dude you're exhausting
 

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Pass machine was a small part of what I did to prepare. I read at least 3-5 books each year of residency. Multitude of different qbanks. Read every night before cases. It was/is a bullshi! exam, period
 

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Pass machine was a small part of what I did to prepare. I read at least 3-5 books each year of residency. Multitude of different qbanks. Read every night before cases. It was/is a bullshi! exam, period
Then I hope we can all look forward to your fantastically knowledgeable contributions to this forum.
 
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I did not personally use Pass Machine but have heard some good things from people who used it in retrospect. I felt prepared with what I used to study (primarily True Learn, with heavy supplementation from Yao/Stoelting). Matthes question book also a good resource, some like Hall (it was OK in my opinion, I had them since I had money to burn from residency).

I really believe you should have your own notes which you can refer and constantly update,recently I have been referring to UpToDate for the pharmacology of drugs and updated guidelines
UpToDate? Interesting, but did it present it in a way relevant to Anesthesiology? I haven't touched UTD since some previous ICU rotations, I'd prefer hitting primary texts or review articles for pharmacology review (or Yao, in some circumstances).
 

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I did not personally use Pass Machine but have heard some good things from people who used it in retrospect. I felt prepared with what I used to study (primarily True Learn, with heavy supplementation from Yao/Stoelting). Matthes question book also a good resource, some like Hall (it was OK in my opinion, I had them since I had money to burn from residency).



UpToDate? Interesting, but did it present it in a way relevant to Anesthesiology? I haven't touched UTD since some previous ICU rotations, I'd prefer hitting primary texts or review articles for pharmacology review (or Yao, in some circumstances).
For oral boards you need to know the mechanism,adverse effects and interactions which UTD is quick reference.
 
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